DIY Pumpkin Costume for Kids

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Learn to make a DIY pumpkin costume for kids with felt. It’s a costume that can be worn over clothing, and the top is the perfect accessory!

What’s more classic for Halloween than a pumpkin or a jack-o-lantern? I’ve been wanting to make a DIY pumpkin costume for years, and I realized that I had to make it this year before my baby grows up too much.

I just adore the children’s costumes that are puffy around the bottom. They are so cute and help keep the child warm. I wanted to make a pumpkin costume that was puffy around the bottom, but I wanted to make it simple and out of felt.

diy pumpkin costume child

As cute as the puffy shirt part of the pumpkin is, I think the little pumpkin top is my favorite. It really looks like you took the top off of a pumpkin and clipped it onto my daughter’s hair. It has leaves and vines with stitching details, it has a thick stem, and the orange pumpkin part even has a little bit of stuffing.

DIY Pumpkin Costume for Kids

I chose to do a classic happy face for the pumpkin, but you can do a silly or a scary face instead. It’s great when you make it nice and big and noticable.

What fabric works best for a pumpkin costume?

The best fabric to use for a pumpkin costume is felt. I love using felt for costumes because it is easy to sew, and it doesn’t fray. The fabric doesn’t need to be finished!

DIY Pumpkin Costume for Kids

My daughter even realized she can tuck her arms and legs inside to become a pumpkin! She was so excited!

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DIY Pumpkin Costume for Kids

DIY Pumpkin Costume for Kids


  • 1 yard of orange felt
  • Scraps of black felt
  • Scraps of green felt
  • 2 yards of 1/4 inch elastic
  • 1/2 yard of 1/2 inch green bias binding
  • 1 yard of brown 2 inch wide ribbon
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Polyfil
  • Alligator hair clip
  • Sewing tools
  • Sewing machine
DIY Pumpkin Costume supplies

Measure your child from neck to hips. Add 4 inches. Measure your child’s hips. These are the measurements for two rectangles/squares that you will cut from the orange felt.

Cut out a jack-o-lantern face from the black felt.

Cut out two circles from orange felt. Cut out two leaves from green felt.

cut out pumpkin pieces

Sew the face pieces onto the front pumpkin piece.

sew face onto front

Layer the front and the back together and cut out armhole curves from the top two corners.

cut out armhole curves

Fold up the bottom 3 inches and pin. Sew along the bottom 3/8 inch from the edge. Then sew multiple rows of stitching from the line you stitched up to the top.

Do the same to the back.

fold up bottom and sew pockets

Add some polyfil to each pocket. Do the same to the back.

add stuffing

Sew the pockets closed along the top.

Fold the top of the pumpkin down 1/2 inch and sew along the top 3/8 inch from the edge.

sew pockets closed

Insert elastic into both the top and bottom casings that is half the length of the casing it’s going into. Tack the elastic ends at each side.

add casings to the top and bottom

With right sides together sew the sides together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Leave the armholes open but sew the casings together to complete the neckline.

sew sides and necks together

Layer the two orange circles on top of each other. Sew an “X” through the layers. Stuff a little bit of polyfil into each side. Sew around the circles to close the pockets.

Sew the bias binding closed and cut two pieces that are 9 inches long.

Sew some vein details on each green leaf.

add stitching to circles, vines, and leaves

Layer the vines and then the leaves on the pumpkin top and tack in place.

add stuffing and assemble top

Start rolling the ribbon until it creates a tube. Glue it in place.

roll up ribbon
glue stem closed

Glue the stem onto the pumpkin top right over the tacked stitches.

glue on stem

Glue the clip onto the bottom of the pumpkin top.

glue on hair clip

Put the costume together with clothing underneath. You finished!

DIY Pumpkin Costume for Kids

If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

DIY Pumpkin Costume for Kids
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Very nice idea..worked out great for our daughter.